This school has great teachers. But every since the new principal Shelly Hughes came, it has really gone downhill. This principal clearly does not care for the children, nor any concerns a parent has. If this principal is still there, I can foresee this school just getting worst every year. Very sad, because there are some very talented teachers and staff who made the school great before this principal came.
This is an awesome school! My son has been going here since kindergarten. He is now in 6th grade. The teachers are excellent and very involved with the success of students. They have great energy and are really happy to be teaching. They provide positive reinforcements which really encourage the kids to try their best. Its also great that the school encourages leadership skills and independence. Parental involvement is huge at this school. I love the visual arts and performance program. Overall have been very satisfied with everything the school has to offer.
I used to love this school. My son has attended for the past 5 years. I've now enrolled him in another school for 5th grade. My problems are with the administration and how issues are handled and addressed. In second grade, his teacher called us in said we should have him assessed for ADD so he could get meds to help him concentrate. I mentioned this to another parent and I learned that she also did that to 2 other students! He s done well up to and since then; I had him assessed and he does not have ADD. This year is the worst yet. I ve volunteered for the class to see that his teacher has no patience. He reported to me that in class she said to the students I m so frustrated I could cuss . Not an acceptable comment for a teacher to make. I ve also had a three occasions over the years to contact the principal and vice principal because of concerns I ve had on a few things. Their response is usually polite yet patronizing and my concerns have been ultimately disregarded. My expectation that the school value parent concerns and objectively consider their points of view is not unreasonable. Unfortunately, this is not the school to have such expectations.
This is an amazing school, where staff go the extra mile for every child! The teachers and staff work night and day to make this an amazing school in our community!
Joseph Sims is a top notch school. We came from a private school and we have been very pleased with the academics and character building the school teaches. Just attend a Friday Assembly! WOW! Our son made friends very easily. The PTO and School Admin work very well together to benefit the students. Love the dance program. This is a very well run school with great parent involvement. We are disappointed one of our kids was off loaded due to over crowding.
Excellent school. One of the best school here in Elk Grove district. My daughter really likes going to school. I have seen her improve a lot with reading and math. She is in First Grade. I say this school is better than private school.
I love this school. And the parents make all the difference. Its a great school!
This is the best school overall that we have attended. Great teacher/parent communication! My ADHD son has been treated wonderfully...all the teachers he has had work with him and have helped him to build a better self image (unmedicated)! The higher rent for the surrounding area is worth its money!
Some teachers are great than others. This school focus mainly on average children than needy or excelling students.
Joseph Sims Elementary is one of the most sought-after schools in the gigantic Elk Grove Unified District. Just living close to it is no guarantee you will get in. The staff is very experienced and caring. The parental involvement level is extremely high. They have both accelerated classes and remedial resource help for kids on either side of the spectrum.
academic excellence. promotes high standards while providing nuturing climate. allows students to excercise leadership abilities. high parental involvement.
The quality of the academic program is great. They provide wonderful atmosphere for students and promote healthy learning. The facility is very nice with top of the line computer lab and library. My kid is very happy being at that school.
Great quality of academic program. Unmatched facilities and leadership. THis school has very nice library and computer lab with Apple computers. Kids are doing very well.
Sims does the best job possible considering budget issues. They could do so much more with just a little more money but that is not their fault. The school works hard to give the kids a good education and works with parents to make sure that nobody falls through the cracks.
This school was not at all helpfull. I had to pull out my 3 kids and send them to a private school!
My daughter attended Sims for 3+ years. Overall she had a great experience. I think myself as a past employee of Sims that there need to be more principal involvement with the students and staff. If I hadn't moved out of state my child would still be there at Sims.
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